Christine Hallquist lost her bid Tuesday (November 6) to make history as America’s first transgender governor with Vermont voters re-electing the Republican incumbent Phil Scott. Still, Hallquist’s campaign is certainly one for the history books as it represents a significant moment in politics for transgender people in America.
“This is not the end. This is the beginning,” Hallquist told supporters during her concession speech at the Hilton in Burlington. “Vermont is a beacon of hope…we showed the rest of the country what good democracy looks like.”
Hallquist, a 62-year-old cancer survivor, campaigned on mainstream issues, like health-care reform, the gender pay gap, prison reform, and the opioid crisis. “My wish is that everybody just overlooks [my being transgender] and looks at the policies and my resume and the history of what I’ve done,” she told Vermont Public Radio.
Democratic leaders, including Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and former President Barack Obama supported Hallquist’s campaign.